• JEFFRIES, Captain, CLARENCE SMITH, V C, 34th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action 12th October 1917. Age 23.
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Name
JEFFRIES
First name
CLARENCE SMITH
Date of death
12/10/1917
Title
Captain VC
Extra information
JEFFRIES, Captain, CLARENCE SMITH, V C, 34th Bn. Australian Infantry, A.I.F. Killed in action 12th October 1917. Age 23. Son of Joshua and Barbara Jeffries, of Abermain, New South Wales. Native of Wallsend, New South Wales. Tyne Cot Cemetery XL. E. 1. An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 30433, dated 18th Dec., 1917, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery in attack, when his company was held up by enemy machine-gun fire from concrete emplacements. Organising a party, he rushed one emplacement, capturing four machine guns and thirty-five prisoners. He then led his company forward under extremely heavy enemy artillery barrage and enfilade machine-gun fire to the objective. Later, he again organised a successful attack on a machine-gun emplacement, capturing two machine guns and thirty more prisoners. This gallant officer was killed during the attack, but it was entirely due to his bravery and initiative that the centre of the attack was not held up for a lengthy period. His example had a most inspiring influence."
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